Dan Flavin (1987)
May 14, 2017 - ongoing
Yerba Buena: 151 Third Street, SFMOMA (View Map)

The color and glow that emanates from untitled (in honor of Leo at the 30th anniversary of his gallery) (1987) at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) confirms that light artist Dan Flavin was a master at transforming spaces and creating rich environments with minimal materials. Nearly seven hundred unique artworks were conceived using fluorescent lightbulbs and fixtures. This piece features nearly the full range of Flavin's colored lamps, with ten eight-foot elements in red, pink, yellow, blue, and green. The light creates an exuberant and immersive homage to the inimitable Leo Castelli, the art dealer who championed Flavin's work for nearly thirty years.

Best Viewing: SFMOMA, Floor 5, Pop, Minimal, and Figurative Arts: The Fisher Collection. The exhibition includes works from the 1960s and beyond to provoke a dialogue about the nature of art and its position within American culture. Featured American Pop and Minimal artists include light artist Dan Flavin plus Chuck Close, Philip Guston, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol, among many others. Doris and Don Fisher's belief in the power of art to enrich lives and spur creativity led them to share much of their collection, first with employees at their San Francisco - based Gap Inc. headquarters, and now at SFMOMA, where one couple's shared passion for art has become a vital part of the cultural fabric of San Francisco.

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